Philip Mote Gets New Job

Oregon State University Professor Philip Mote, the long-time Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute ( OCCRI) and co-lead of the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium  (CIRC), has taken a new position at OSU. In February of this year, Phil began his new appointment as Vice Provost and Dean of Oregon State University’s…

Kavita Heyn, Early Adapter

Kavita Heyn, a native of Portland, Oregon, has multiple reasons for tackling climate change. First, she reads the science. Second, she works for a large municipal water utility that’s concerned about how climate change will affect its customers’ water. And third, climate change is messing with her weekends. “Like many Northwesterners, I’m really passionate about…

Featured Researcher Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist

Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond sees himself as a generalist, not a specialist. But that’s the way he likes it. As state climatologist, Bond is responsible for assessing climate impacts on his state. This has not only given him the opportunity to learn a little bit about a lot of different things, but in the…

Featured Researcher: Dave Hill, “Mr. Estuary”

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Dave Hill was fascinated with flight. He parlayed this fascination into an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering. But in 1993, shortly after graduating, Hill had to face the facts. The aerospace industry was at a low point. So he switched gears. “I thought long and hard about what…

Heather Lintz Studies Movement of Plants

Heather Lintz is fascinated by intersections: the intersections of cultures, the intersections of scientific disciplines. So it’s fitting that it was an exchange trip that kick-started her career in science. The location was Ecuador, the time, the early 1990s. Lintz was then a Spanish major at the University of Oregon. Her plan was to study…

Waldbusser and Hales Join Up to Study Ocean Acidification

Editor’s Note: This issue of The Climate CIRCulator spotlights not one, but two researchers in the same profile. To see why, read on. You could think of Oregon State University scientists George Waldbusser and Burke Hales as the Lennon and McCartney of climate science. Like the two Beatles icons, their collaboration works precisely because of their…

David Rupp’s first foray into climate modeling began with Pacific Northwest fisheries research. In 2008, Rupp, whose background at the time was hydrology, was working for the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He and his fellow researchers were studying how climate was affecting fish survival and salmon spawning in Oregon’s rivers. That’s when he…

Susan Capalbo: The Economics of Climate Change

Professor Susan Capalbo, who heads OSU’s Department of Applied Economics, researches a very important but often neglected subject: the economics of climate change. The applied econ bug first bit Capalbo in the early 1980s at the University of California, Davis, where she received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics. But it wasn’t until the early 2000s,…

Julie Vano: Balancing Science and Practice

As a post-doctoral researcher at OCCRI, Julie Vano wants to put the best science on water and climate change in the hands of managers and policy makers, working closely with them to be sure it is usable. The Minnesota native’s career illustrates this mixture of science and outreach. Vano started her professional life with a…